Endurance events in the South West including triathlons, duathlons, open water swims, trail races & gravel rides.

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Battle of Woodbury Common Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, 2K &1K

Night trail runs for all ages and abilities

Put something back into the sport you love


We have a dedicated events team but also rely on volunteers to deliver our events safely. It’s a fun morning or afternoon that’s much appreciated by the competitors
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About Us

What we do

Our mission is to deliver excellent endurance sports events covering triathlon & duathlon, open water swimming, cycling & running.
We work hard on delivering excellent events. And that is a challenge as no venue is perfect and dealing with landowners, traffic, councils, the general public & other stakeholders can be tough.
Sportiva Events started as a sideline. After moving to Devon from the South East there didn’t seem to be any duathlons in the local area. I spotted a possible bike course on my door step and teamed up with Stewart Bergman and Rory Aitken to stage the first Dartington Duathlon in Spring 2013.
In 2017 Stewart decided to concentrate on his cycling Sportives and I took over the Dartmouth Triathlon and Devon Duathlon and added three existing events from the Torbay area originally set up by Brendon Prince.
Since October 2017 I have worked full time on events. In Feb 2018 we rebranded to Sportiva Events with the help of the excellent designers Mark & Gill at Left Bridge. And in October 2020 we moved some running races, previously co-organised as part of the Wild Night Run Series, under the Sportiva umbrella.
I couldn’t deliver these events without the great team of people who work alongside me including Helen Simcoe Walker, Nigel Evans, Dawn Lamerton & Tim Mockford.
Ben Tisdall


Highlights from Past Races and Events

We have some amazing event locations in Devon. These range from Blackpool Sands beach, in the video above to the Torbay Velopark which is a 100% traffic free venue with a 25m pool, a velopark on smooth tarmac & a parkland run all in close proximity.


Resources for Racers

Events for beginners

We try to be inclusive with our events and encourage all ages & abilities. Even the Brownlee brothers were beginners once. And for a lot of people there’s satisfaction in just finishing a multisport event.

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Covid-19 Policy Document

Covid-19, as you all know is a fast changing picture. Read our latest Covid-19 policies here based on advice from government & British Triathlon

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Advice for Junior Triathletes

Our events are great for kids of all ages. We have events for ages 3+ & even have a mini triathlon (swim, bike, run) for ages 5-7! We’ve written some articles to help your kids get into taking part.

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Stay Up To Date With The Latest Updates and Event Info


What to wear for a duathlon?

What to wear for a duathlon?

If you're coming to duathlon from a running background, it's easy to overlook the wind chill factor. A running vest & shorts is fine for a running race on almost any day of the year. But in a duathlon you're spending something like half you time on a bike where...

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Future of junior triathlon events in jeopardy.

Future of junior triathlon events in jeopardy.

Like most event organisers we've struggled over the last 18 months. We were only able to run four of our planned events in 2020 & also had to cancel or postpone the majority of our planned events in the first half of 2021. One of our events, the Donut Duathlon,...

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Maps & GPX files for Devon Grit

Maps & GPX files for Devon Grit

Devon Grit maps in RidewithGPS format. This allows you to download the GPX files for the routes in one click to your laptop or other device. You can also move your cursor along the route profiles below to see where the main climbs on the routes are. If you prefer to...

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Thank You To Our Partners

Bays Brewery

‘I Love to compete in the  grass roots events that Sportiva Events puts on when my race schedule allows. And son Max loves the kids triathlons & duathlons they stage at the Torbay Velopark.’

Donald Brooks, Sportiva Events Ambassador, European Champion 2019 & Age Group World Champion 2017


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We have a full programme of events throughout the year. Our triathlons, duathlons, runs, gravel rides & open water swims run from March to October. And through the winter we have night trail running races to keep you motivated!